When Brent Fair became an undercover drug investigator almost seven years ago, methamphetamine was the big concern. Overdoses on other drugs were rare.
As Fair returns to patrol duties this month, the landscape has changed. And he says it scares him.
New treatments for addiction to heroin or narcotic painkillers promise longer-lasting relief that may remove some day-to-day uncertainty of care: A once-a-month shot is now approved and a six-month implant is in the final testing phase.
DJ AM, the celebrity disc jockey who publicly acknowledged his history of drug addiction and had filmed a reality show in which he offered to help other addicts, was found dead in his apartment. He was 36.
Colleen Long and Nekesa Mumbi Moody
, August 29, 2009
Following a March 3 decision by the Beltrami County Board to deny renewal of the host county contract, Northern Lakes Clinic will close Friday. Dr. Lois Schlutter, a Twin Cities doctor who opened the Bemidji clinic in May 2007 to treat people addicted to opiates with a methadone maintenance program, said qualified buyers were interested in purchasing the clinic, but they needed a letter of need from the County Board.
Beltrami County won’t renew a host county contract with Northern Lakes Clinic, a move sending 180 drug addicts to seek treatment elsewhere. But about 75 clinic patients and supporters who crammed into the County Board Room on Tuesday night didn’t like that decision, and spent nearly an hour unsuccessfully trying to change commissioners’ minds.
Recoveree Connection, a nonprofit program run by Rehab Services in Minot, will be in Grand Forks Thursday recruiting volunteers to make calls to help addicts stay sober.
February 25, 2009
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